Many people have experience coping with stressful life events and typically feel better after a few days. Others find that their stress does not go away as quickly as they would like and it influences their relationships with their family, friends and others.
If you find yourself or a loved one experiencing some of the feelings and reactions listed below for two weeks or more, this may be a sign that you need to reach out for additional assistance.
- Crying spells or bursts of anger
- Difficulty eating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Losing interest in things
- Increased physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches,
- Feeling guilty, helpless or hopeless
- Avoiding family and friends
- Increasing alcohol or substance use
For additional resources, contact your local Red Cross Disaster Mental Health or community mental health professional or call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.